Mindfood double page spread

The brief from the Mindfood magazine art director went something like this: “The images are for a regular editorial feature where a vehicle is tested by an every day person, so we need a feature image of Michael with vehicle, and at least 6-8 support shots with internals and lifestyle close-ups. It doesn’t have to be in a park, in fact since it’s a Maserati, I would think somewhere chic and stylish, but I leave that to you guys to consider based on possibilities.”

After some pre production phone calls with client and subject, and searching street view on google maps, we decided to shoot in the Vaucluse & Rose Bay area. which is in keeping with the prestige of the marque.

There are always factors which are out of the photographer’s control when on location outdoors, one being the weather. In this case it was favourable, lucky as we only had a 2 hr shoot window where the car and subject were available and no real backup options.… phew!

It’s also great to have an accommodating and relaxed subject which was the case with the subject and test driver Michael Merano.

Although car stories don’t feature heavily in Studio Commercial’s regular mix of work, we have a fondness of performance cars so there’s always extra motivation or should that be MOTORvation when the subject matter is of personal interest. – Cam.